Thursday, February 4, 2010


For my Comments4Kids Assignment I read Savannah's Blog from Ms. Deyenberg's Class. Her blog post was entitled "The Grade Five Lie". It was HILARIOUS! She wrote about how her mom bought her an ugly shirt to wear for picture day and normally she wears the ugly clothes over the clothes she wants to wear, takes the ugly clothes off for school and then puts the ugly clothes back over the clothes she actually wore without her mom finding out she didn't wear the clothes she had picked out for Savannah. Absolutely BRILLIANT. Savannah came into a dilemma though when it was picture day, she would have photographic evidence that she did not wear the clothes her mom had picked out for her. What to do? What to do? So she put on the ugly shirt her mom had bought for her for picture day, the day before picture day claiming she wanted to make sure it didn't have any holes or stains in it, she kept it on during dinner. As she was eating her pizza, she "accidentally" dropped her plate of pizza all over her new shirt, she ran to the bathroom to pretend to get the stain out of the shirt when in all reality she was rubbing the stain deeper into her shirt! Her mom took the stained shirt and cleaned the stains out by the next morning when it was time for picture day. Her poor mom. Savanna, thinking she was stuck wearing the ugly shirt, put the ugly shirt on, went down for a breakfast consisting of chocolate milk and peanut butter toast, thought to herself, Why don't I do the same thing I did last night? So she "spilt" her breakfast all over herself and did not have to wear the ugly shirt on picture day.

I told her how great her blog post was and in the most kindly constructive way possible that honesty is the best policy.

Savannah is so hilariously clever! She reminds me of myself when I was her age, this is definitely something I would've pulled, but I probably wouldn't have been as savvy as she was . She's very impressive. Not only is she funny and smart, but a remarkable creative writer. If you ask me, she writes as well or better than some adults who attend college, and I'm not just saying that to be nice. She can tell a good story and keeps you interested. She kept me on my toes as I was reading it wondering what would happen next, would she get in trouble?! would she have to wear the ugly shirt?! Reading Savannah's blog post reminded me why I want to be a teacher. I love kids and the amazing things they do. I think kids are a lot smarter than some adults give them credit for and a lot smarter than some adults period. I want to help feed into these capabilities of children and help them learn something along the way. Whether its 2 + 2 =4 or the difference between an adjective and a noun or even how to blog. I would even be happy if they just learned something about themselves, like that they actually do like to read and that they are good at math if they have self-determination.


  1. From Ms. Deyenberg via Twitter:
    Reason number 832 why you should blog with your students: from @drjohnhadley 's class
    @jdeyenberg Sat 06 Feb 15:04 via web

  2. The assignment for the Grade 5 Lie blog post was actually to write a fictional story. It was based on the Short Story "Grade 5 Lie" by Jean Little, where as a girl Jean had to come up with a tale to explain why she was late for school. The post was Savannah's written response.

    You are correct that her writing is fantastic and at a level beyond her years.

    Thank-you for taking the time to comment on my students' blogs, they loved the feedback!